Brutally Honest Movie Reviews: ‘The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story’ Falls Miles Short of Miracles

The debate between movies and TV can finally be put to rest, and ironically, The Many Saints of Newark is the final nail in the coffin. That’s because the long-awaited follow-up to The Sopranos, considered the best show ever made – the one that singlehandedly kicked off the modern TV renaissance – recently landed on HBO like an angel with its wings cut off. That sounds harsh, but it’s fitting considering we’re talking about mob families here.

That’s not to say the movie doesn’t have its moments. It’s just that making a two-hour film that even hopes to hold a candle to the holy grail of TV is like showing someone a picture of the Sistine Chapel on your iPhone.

As streaming dominates, it’s become painfully clear that modern movies just can’t compete with great TV. Especially if the movie tries to expand on a world we know and love so well (ahem, El Camino). That grey area between a franchise and a standalone movie is a one-way ride to the chophouse that we’ll explore today in our brutally honest review of The Many Saints of Newark: A Sopranos Story.

Cover Photo: Warner Bros.

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